Playiing with soil


Here are some great activities to do that go along with the articles. Click on the headline to go to the activity.


Milk, Meat, Wine and Wheat

Enhance your knowledge of soils and their uses. This activity matches 6 of the 15 major New Zealand soil orders with products we grow on them.

Test Your Soil Knowledge

Use the articles from the Soil: The World Beneath Our Feet website to answer the following questions about soils.

Dig a Hole

In the picture book, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (Mac Barnett, Walker Books 2014), Dave says, “We won’t stop digging until we find something spectacular.”

In this activity, dig a hole to find something spectacular.

Observing Soil Differences

If you did the activity, Dig a Hole, you’ve probably noticed that soil changes a bit as you dig deeper. But, have you wondered if the soil changes as you travel around your local area?

Soil Microbes

This activity explores soil microbes and the work they do for us. Part one explains how to build a habitat for some very colourful microbes. Part two demonstrates some the crucial work these microbes do – by soft-boiling an egg in a compost bin!

Soil Animals

Healthy soils are full of life. This activity involves observing soil animals – either outside in the real world, or virtually, online.